A Wee Christmas Homicide by Kaitlyn Dunnett

By Kaitlyn Dunnett

Tis the season to be jolly, yet in Moosetookalook, Maine, Christmas cheer is in brief provide because of a snowless iciness that is maintaining skiers and consumers at a distance. thankfully, Liss MacCrimmon of the Scottish Emporium has a plan. . . Liss's brainstorm makes a speciality of Tiny Teddies, the hot "hot" toy of the season. each shop around the state is out of stock--except a number of wee institutions in strong ol' Moosetookalook. it is simple sufficient to drum up popularity of the belief of luring shoppers to city and maintaining them there with a stockingful of recent England vacation allure. Liss's actual problem lies in contending with bickering businesspeople and--once the United States learns of Moosetookalook's Tiny Teddy cache--doggedly decided shopaholics. the 1st signal of anything amiss happens whilst the final Tiny Teddy is summarily done: shot in the course of the center within the demonstrate window of grasping toy shop proprietor Gavin Thorne. however the Teddy's loss of life is simply a precursor to the eerily comparable homicide of Gavin himself... the 2 males in Liss's existence wish her faraway from the case, yet she can not help feeling in charge for beginning the fur frenzy that turns out to have resulted in Gavin's demise. in addition to, how can she forget about the long checklist of suspects, now not the least of whom comprise Gavin's vindictive ex-wife, an unscrupulous selectman, a ski store proprietor with an awl to grind, and a rabid toy collector packing warmth in her purse..? Now, with the Twelve (or, in Scots phrases, the Daft) Days of Christmas speedily impending, Liss has a plate filled with issues worse than haggis to cope with, beginning with a stockroom jam-packed with chook (don't ask), and finishing with a killer who'd wish to see Liss's goose good and completely cooked...

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Shaking her head, she retreated to the sanctuary of Moosetookalook Scottish Emporium. She had too much work of her own to spend time worrying about domestic discord at the toy shop. Liss awoke on Saturday morning to find herself nose to nose with Lumpkin. His was cold and wet. “We’ve had this discussion before,” she told the big cat. ” He stretched out an oversized paw and patted her cheek with it. ” But she ran her palm over his furry head and back in a long, loving stroke before she swung her legs off the side of the bed and got up.

D. to collect all the mugs and cups scattered about and toss them into the suds. She hoped she wasn’t setting a bad precedent. She might be Moosetookalook’s only female police officer, but neither making coffee nor cleaning house was part of her job description. She’d made that very clear to her coworkers when she’d started her last job and there had never been any trouble. Until recently, she’d been a corrections officer, dispatcher, and deputy—the three jobs were all one in rural Carrabassett County.

She already planned to extend the shop’s hours by adding the two Mondays before Christmas. The rest of the year she took that day off to compensate for working Saturdays. Would it be worth the effort, and the expense, to staff the store seven days a week? The loss of her part-time sales clerk, Sherri Willett, had made scheduling more difficult. At the moment, Liss was not only half owner of the Emporium, but the store’s only employee. To leave the shop for any reason, she had to lock up and put the CLOSED sign in the window.

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